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BIG DANCE THEATER The influential “downtown” company of Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar celebrates its 25th birthday with an onstage party and five Boston premieres. Called “Short Form,” the program includes works inspired by concise creativity, from diary entries to thumbnail sketches. Hot dogs included. Oct. 14-15, $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

THE WONDERTWINS Performing professionally since the age of 10, identical twins Billy and Bobby McClain bring not just technical facility but humor and great stage presence to their performances. Over the years, the dancers have opened for the likes of Run DMC and LL Cool J, and they’ve danced with Bobby Brown and Maurice Hines. This time they offer their own show, “To Hip-Hop, With Love.” Oct. 14-15, $22-$28. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

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JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company opens its 31st season with a program of the veteran choreographer’s works called “Impelling Forces.” “1796” (2015) is set to Beethoven’s Sonata No. 2 in G minor for piano and cello, “Over and Over” (2009) is propelled by the rhythms of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 2, and “Mozart Provoked” (2014) features a jazzy reinterpretation of Mozart’s Sonata in C major by pianist Uri Caine. Oct. 14-30, $42. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

ONSTAGE | REPERTORY This six-member performance cooperative presents its second annual showcase of original works. Titled “Connections,” the concert features a range of collaboratively choreographed dances exploring contemporary, modern, and jazz styles. Oct. 14-15, $10-$15. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-242-6789, www.onstagedanceco.com

KAREN CAMPBELL


Karen Campbell can be reached at karencampbell4@rcn.com.